|Pan-African Parliament supports ECOWAS decisions on Niger, Guinea|
|Africans in Government|
|Friday, 13 November 2009 13:23|
Vice President Amadi was paying a courtesy call to the Nigerian head of state on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
"We fully and unequivocally support your position as the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on these issues in Guinea and Niger Republic," he said.
For his part, President Umaru Yar'adua said that Nigeria and ECOWAS will support the Pan-African Parliament to achieve its objectives at both regional and national levels.
Yar'adua described the emergence of the Parliament "as a great event of great historic significant".
"Democracy is anchored by Parliament and without the growth and development of Parliament, democracy cannot be sustained," Yar'adua added.
He assured that the Nigerian government would assist in the building of the regional headquarters of the Parliament in Abuja.
Amadi had earlier solicited the support of Yar'adua to enable the Parliament achieve its full potentials.
He said that Article 18 of the Protocol establishing the Parliament required it to work in close co-operation with the Parliament of the Regional Economic Communities and National Parliaments of member states.
Amadi also solicited for the support and assistance of the Nigerian government in the provision of office accommodation and logistics for the Parliament's Regional Liaison Office in Abuja.
Article 17 of Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) established the Pan-African Parliament in 2004.